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Primary Source: Letter from Gen. Robert E. Lee to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, 1863

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The fact that Robert E. Lee opened his letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis with the statement about writing a letter the day before insinuates what?

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1. Why would Robert E. Lee be aided by Confederate President Jefferson Davis sending Confederate reinforcements to 'make demonstration' at Washington?

2. In his 1863 letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, what did Robert E. Lee mean when he referred to the 'fording stage' of the Potomac River?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check to see how much you know about the Letter from Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis in 1863 with this short quiz and worksheet. For example, you should understand the problem that Robert E. Lee's 'prudential' measure reflects.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • How Robert E. Lee opened his letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • President Davis sending Confederate reinforcements to 'make demonstration' at Washington
  • Robert E. Lee's statement about the 'fording stage' of the Potomac River
  • Why Lee requested reinforcements from Virginia and the Carolinas
  • What Lee's 'prudential' measure reflects

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the 'fording stage' of the Potomac River according to Robert E. Lee and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about President Jefferson Davis sending Confederate reinforcements to Washington
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about Robert E. Lee's request for reinforcements from Virginia and the Carolinas

Additional Learning

To keep learning about this topic, be sure to review the lesson titled Primary Source: Letter from Gen. Robert E. Lee to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, 1863. Below are examples of what's covered in this lesson:

  • The relationship between General Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis
  • Sample content from Lee's letter to President Davis
  • Why historians criticized Davis
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